Senja Island – A northern Norway experience
Situated in Northern Norway, Senja is the second largest island in Norway between Tromso city and the Harstad. It is divided into four municipalities; the eastern, central and northern parts belong to Lenvik, the forth part which is the western side, facing the Atlantic, is the municipalities of Berg and Torsken.
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The meaning of the name Senja is unknown, though it might be related to the verb sundra ‘ tear, split apart’ since the west coast of the island is separated by small fjords. Its National Tourist Route runs from Gryllefjord to Botnhamn on Norway’s second largest island. The drive along the outer edge of Senja Island is a journey through a constantly changing landscape. Deep fjords, glistering beaches, precipitous mountainsides and fishing hamlets define the local scenery called Senja Island.
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Visiting Senja Island is mainly to see the rugged coastline on the western side. This is one of the most fascinating parts of Norway mostly viewed by tourists, tourist brochures, and tour operators easily competing with the neighboring Lofoten. Aside the few challenges like the narrow and windy partway tourist will encounter some beautiful spots like Husoy, Mefjordvaer, Bovaer and Torsken are a perfect and incredible location for sightseeing. The Anderdalen National Park with varied coastal and inland scenery, including a charming pine forest is also an attraction in Senja Island that cannot go unnoticed by visitors.
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Other notable tourist sites that can add spice to a visit to Senja Island are: Senjatrollet in Berg. This is a theme park with Norweigian fairy tales and a doze of northern humor. Though this enchanted place is for children, parents can as well share in the fun. Torsken Church in Torsken ( an 18th c. wooden church) is another tourist site located near Gryllefjord. Kaperdalen Sami Museum ( located midway between Finnsnes and Sifjord on the west coast), built of turf huts is an attraction in Senja Island. This is a building where ancient and historic artifacts are kept and tourists go there for sightseeing. Tranoy Church on the small island of Tranoy off the south coast of Senja is also an 18th c. wooden church and stands as a tourist site for tourists.
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Accommodations in Senja Island are specially designed to suit the different comfort styles of visitors. Kaikanten, recognized as Norway’s most beautiful fishing village, offers five houses with a total of twenty five beds for accommodating guests. Three standby boats are available for fishing trips and visitors have the option to choose and explore from the easy to more difficult terrain. For hikers, Flakstadveg Camping and Sea Fishing in Senja is a perfect choice accommodation facility because it is located in the lush countryside out towards the open sea. Fishing activities are prevalent there too because of the deep-sea. Boat rentals, filleting rooms and freezing facilities are available. Vardnes Herb farm is also another great choice. It provides accommodation in a cabin in the woods. Guests may choose to relax in the farm’s long white sandy beach, eat dinner by the water’s edge and watch ships cruise pass slowly or go on a walk discovering many herbs and plants.
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Senja Island is known to be a safe place, and there are plenty of beauty spots that can be reached even by inexperienced nature lovers. It is all about getting the right information before heading out.
Some helpful websites for visiting Senja Island are: www.visitnorway.com, www.senjabay.com, www.senjacamping.no.